Aston Villa v Wigan – Match Preview

Christian Benteke (Aston Villa)Aston Villa host Wigan and both teams will be hoping to have some relent from the respite they have had to suffer in recent weeks.

Villa have had a humiliating run as they were smashed for 8 at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea looked to be playing round them like a controller on FIFA. They then added insult to misery with a 4-0 drubbing last time out in front of their own fans against Tottenham

Wigan have not had it much better mind as they are on a desperately disappointing sequence of form, they have sunk into the relegation zone after 5 defeats in 6.

The Aston Villa players though will be shot for confidence after their last two heavy defeats, but they won’t be facing any players of the calibre of Torres or Bale this time out.

The First priority for Paul Lambert will be to stem the tide of goals that appears to be causing havoc for the Villains.

Roberto Martinez may be keen to expose his opponents defence but his is not exactly squeaky clean either with them conceding on average 2 goals a game.  Wigan also have a habit of giving their opponents a head start before getting back into proceedings.

Paul Lambert will be without Nathan Baker after he was ruled out with a hamstring injury in the Boxing day defeat. Fabian Delph is also unavailable with suspension.

Baker joins the substantial injury list of Ron Vlaar (calf), Gabriel Agbonlahor (thigh), Charles N’Zogbia (knee), Darren Bent (hamstring), Richard Dunne (groin) and Andreas Weimann (calf) out of contention.

Antonio Alcaraz could come back from a groin issue but Ivan Ramis not quite ready yet. Adrian Lopez (hamstring) is still just short and James McCarthy can’t play due to an ankle injury.

Martinez is without Ryo Miyaichi (ankle), Albert Crusat (knee) and Ben Watson (shin) for the long term.

Wigan have conceded more penalties than any other team this season (six) but Villa are one of five teams yet to win one, and that could all change on Saturday.

Prediction: Aston Villa 2-3 Wigan

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